I was going to say “It all started so well” but then I realized that is not the case at all. The New York Mets fell behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the top of the 2nd inning. With 1 out Jayson Werth singled, Raul Ibanez doubled then Carlos Ruiz singled off of Mets starter Jenrry Mejia to drive in Werth to make it 1-0. Then Wilson Valdez grounded a ball toward second baseman Luis Hernandez and Hernandez attempted to tag Ruiz out but Ruiz eluded him so he threw to first base to get Valdez, then while the throw was made to second base to get Ruiz out for the final out of the inning Ibanez trotted home to make it 2-0 Phillies. It appeared that Ruiz ran out of the baseline to elude the tag of Hernandez but no umpire made that call and no Mets player or coach protested.
Then the brief ray of sunshine on the cloudy day, the 3rd inning. In the top of the 3rd the highlight was Josh Thole throwing out Shane Victorino attempting to steal. Victorino looked incredulous and I smiled widely. Then in the bottom of the inning Mejia surprisingly singled with 1 out. He then enjoyed an epic trip around the bases on a Jose Reyes double. Mejia sped to second base, slowed to look at his third base coach, sped up at his behest, slowed to carefully round third base so as not to miss it, then chugged homeward and as the Phillies defense stood jaws wide open, just holding the ball dumbfounded, Mejia lauched himself into the air and belly-flopped onto home plate to score the Mets first run. 1 out later Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run homer deep to right and the Mets had a 3-2 lead. Now back to clouds.
With 1 out in the top of the 4th Ryan Howard hit a laser beam into the opposite field seats to tie the game. The Phillies then proceeded to bat around and score 3 more runs for a 6-3 lead. In the 7th inning the Philies would score twice more, once on a Chase Utley solo homer and once when Valdez was hit by Sean Green pitch with the bases loaded. The Mets added a token run in the 8th on a David Wright RBI single. Perhaps the highlight of the game, at least for television viewers, was when Keith Hernandez misspoke and said that “Charlie Manuel tinkled with his lineup” and after suppressing laughter one of the other members of the booth, I can’t recall if it was Gary Cohen or Ron Darling, added “He’s really got the Phillies going” to more guffaws. Thankfully Lucas Duda was not involved. Final score Philadelphia Phillies 8, New York Mets 4.